Harbin Medical University

Harbin Medical University

Harbin Medical University (HMU) is located in Harbin, a beautiful city well-known for its ice and snow and reputed as “Eastern Paris”. HMU has a scenic view on the campus dotted with ancient-style buildings, with a total area of 2.36 million square meters.


Harbin Medical University (HMU) is located in Harbin, a beautiful city well-known for its ice and snow and reputed as “Eastern Paris”. HMU has a scenic view on the campus dotted with ancient-style buildings, with a total area of 2.36 million square meters.

Harbin Medical University (HMU) was founded in 1926 and features a glorious history and tradition. It originated from the combination of former Harbin Medical University (its predecessor being Harbin Special Medical School founded by Dr. Wu Liande, a medical pioneer in China) and former 1st and 2nd branch schools of China Medical University in Xingshan (its predecessor being China Red Army Health School founded in Ruijin, Jiangxi, in 1931). During the 80 years, HMU has inherited Dr. Wu Liande’s spirit “loving the motherland wholeheartedly and succeeding by self-made efforts”, carried forward China Red Army Health School’s tradition “firm political belief and excellent medical skills”, and upheld the motto “integrity from the rules and learning to promote medicine”. HMU’s strength has been increasing and become a medical school of huge capacity and distinct characteristics. HMU has now been one of the top medical schools in China. It is now a national base for basic sciences research and teaching talent development, and a key “Project 211” university in Heilongjiang Province.

Ranking & Reputation

The ranking order of Harbin Medical University is number 2 in China when the rankings of Medical universities recognised by Medical council of India are compared. Harbin Medical University is ranked 1213 out of 11,000 universities in the world by 4icu world university ranking and ranked 2234 out of 20,000 universities in the world by Webometrics world university ranking. Harbin Medical University is listed in the Medical Directories of WHO and IMED. It is recognised by Medical Council of India(MCI),Bangladesh, Jordan and other countries.Students from this university can obtain Medical license in USA, Canada, UK,Australia, etc after passing the concerned licensing examinations.

Medical Programme

Harbin Medical University (HMU) has clearly defined medical programs. It is among the first group of medical universities running seven-year medical programs and has been working with Nankai University and Harbin Institute of Technology for joint teaching of seven-year program students. HMU cooperates with 5 foreign universities for joint medical programs. It has 4 first-grade doctorate degree programs including basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and biology, 41 second-grade doctorate degree programs, and 49 second-grade master’s degree programs. There are 11 undergraduate programs including basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, dentistry, anesthesiology, medical imaging, nursing, pharmacy, biotechnology, public affairs management and medical law. Now HMU has 5 postdoctoral research programs in preventive medicine, clinical medicine, basic medical sciences, biology and pharmacy, 1 research program in clinical pharmacy and pharmacology, and the postdoctoral research program collaborated between HMU and Zhonglong Enterprises. There are over 10,000 full-time students, among whom are over 3000 graduate students.

HMU has a reasonable discipline structure. There are 1 national key discipline, 32 provincial key disciplines, 1 incubation base of national key laboratories in biomedicine jointly established by the ministry and the province, 6 key laboratories of the ministry and the province, and 11 provincial key laboratories of higher education. Positions are available for national specially-invited professors and provincial specially-invited professors. Undergrade MBBS programme is of 5 years duration in English medium. Chinese medium course is also available. The following 3 year MD/MS & Ph.D specialties are available in English Medium:

  1. Clinical Medicine - Pathology and Pathophysiology, Pediatrics, Gerontology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Dermatology and Venereology, Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics Nursing, Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Otolaryngology, Oncology, Emergency Medicine Oral Clinical Medicine, Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Master of Nursing, Social Medicine and Health Management, Master of Nursing, Clinical Science of Stomatology.
  2. School of Basic Medical Sciences - Physiology, Neurobiology, Genetics, Development Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Human Anatomy and Histoembryology, Immunology, Pathogenbiology, Pathology and Pathophysiology, Forensic Medicine, History of Science and Technology
  3. School of Public Health - Pathogen Biology, Labor Sanitation and Sanitary Science, Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Maternal Child, Adolescent and Woman Health Care, Hygiene Toxicology, Master of Public Health (professional degree), Social Medicine and Health Services Management
  4. Centre for Endemic Diseases - Epidemic and Health Statistics,Labor Sanitation and Sanitary Science,Determination of Trace Elements and the Effect on Health
  5. College of Pharmacy - Physiology, Pharmacochemistry, Pharmacy, Microbial and Biochemical Pharmacy, Pharmacology Master in Pharmacy(Professional Degree)
  6. School of Biological Information and Technology - Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering
  7. Humanity and Sociology Department - Ideological and Political Education

Harbin Medical University (HMU) boasts advanced clinical technology. The five medical schools (affiliated hospitals) are ranked at top level, of which 3 are listed among the “100 best hospitals” in China. There are over 5000 beds, 2 million outpatients and over 200 thousand inpatients per year. Allogeneic organ transplantation is a distinctive feature of HMU. Allogeneic spleen transplantation, allogeneic both hands transplantation and allogeneic single forearm transplantation have reached international level. The patient who received the allogeneic heart transplantation enjoys the best life quality in Asia. The combined treatment of large intestine cancer is well-known in China. There are 2905 beds in the other 4 non-affiliated clinical hospitals.

During the Tenth Five-Year Plan period, HMU was appraised as excellent respectively in the assessment on seven-year medical program by the Ministry of Education, the assessment on the National Base of Science at HMU by the National Natural Science Foundation, and the assessment on basic medical education by the Ministry of Education. HMU enjoys a good reputation in its educational quality. As the first medical school in China, HMU received the pilot accreditation on basic medical education referenced by WFME Global Standards, and has achieved all the 36 WFME basic standards, of which 25 have reached quality improvement standards. The foreign experts spoke highly of the medical education quality of the university. HMU has cooperative relations with over 40 colleges and universities in 12 countries or regions. Six specialized journal offices such as Chinese Journal of Endemiology, International Journal of Genetics and International Journal of Immunology are based at HMU. The campus network has been integrated into China Education and Research Network. HMU library has a collection of over 1.5 million books, 4707 journals and 330 thousand electronic journals and books, and can provide electronic literature search and internet information services.

HMU sticks to the educational ideology “basic medical education as the basis, discipline developments as the fundamental, graduate and long-term medical education as the priority.” To meet the health needs of the country and the region as well as economic development, HMU has become a base to cultivate creative medical students and produce high level research outcome. HMU aims to become a teaching and research-oriented medical school which is first-grade in China and well-known in the world. To fully make use of its advantages, HMU will make further contributions in achieving the objective of “rapid and all-around development” and in rejuvenating the old northeastern industrial base.

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